Linden Industrial Association


            The next meeting of the Association will be at the Meeting Room at the Hampton Inn @ Aviation Plaza, 501 West Edgar Road (Rt. 1 North & Stiles Street), Linden, New Jersey, at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.  Our Guest Speaker will be Rob Coleman, Field Compliance Officer, O.S.H.A., who will provide an update on OSHA Standards and Regulations.


            Please note your diary and confirm your attendance by e-mail to, so that we may make the appropriate arrangements for breakfast.  You should plan to have a substitute attend on behalf of your company if you are not able to attend.


The Minutes of the Annual Meeting on April 19, 2018 are set forth below.


Calendar of Events

May 15, 2018 (Sponsored by Linden VFT, LLC)

June 19, 2018 (Sponsored by Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery)

September 18, 2018 (Sponsored by Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.)

October 16, 2018 (Sponsored by Pennoni)

November 20, 2018 (Sponsored by Infineum USA L.P.) 






            The annual meeting of the Linden Industrial Association was held on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. at III Amici Ristorante, 1700 W. Elizabeth Avenue, Linden, NJ, pursuant to written notice thereof duly sent to all members in accordance with the provisions of the Bylaws of the Association.  The following were present:


1.         Abramson, Paul                       SolarKal         

2.         Americo, Lenny                      Infineum USA L.P.   

3.         Armstead, Mayor Derek         City of Linden           

4.         Baker, Mary                            Baker Tax and Accounting    

5.         Barbanel, Joe                           JREZ, LLC    

6.         Bass, Lois I.                            Infineum USA L.P.   

7.         Battaglia, Anthony                 KAD Associates        

8.         Beriont, Chris                          Pennoni          

9.         Bost, Patricia (Pat)                  Infineum USA L.P.   

10.       Brown, Peter                           3rd Ward Councilman           

11.       Burke, Kathleen                      A&M Industrial         

12.       Cerna, Alex                             Northfield Bank         

13.       Coppola, Ralph                       Pennoni          

14.       Cosby, Rhashonna C.             5th Ward Councilwoman       

15.       Coyle, James R.                      Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce   

16.       Cromwell, Wayne                   General Magnaplate Corporation       

17.       D’Ambola, Cynthia                Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. 

18.       DeNicholas, Blaze                  Infineum        

19.       Deodath, Jeremy                     P&S Electric  

20.       Estabrook, James K.               Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. 

21.       Fitzpatrick, Timothy               Argent Associates      

22.       Gennarelli, Philip                    Aries Energy  

23.       Grasso, Gregory J.                  Linden Public Schools           

24.       Handler, Jody                         Phillips 66      

25.       Hart, Chief David                   Linden Police Department     

26.       Hayes, Martin                         PSEG Linden Generating Station     

27.       Hickey, Gretchen                    10th Ward Councilwoman     

28.       Javick, Barry E.                       2nd Ward Councilman           

29.       Jeffers, Carletta                       Primerica        

30.       Kasper, Thomas                      Unity Bank    

31.       Kaufman, Mike                       Cox Printers & Digital Media

32.       Kirk, Mike                               Infineum USA L.P.   

33.       Kordelski, Bernie                    Total Specialties, Inc. 

34.       Lazaro, June                            Primerica        

35.       Levine, Eric B.                        Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. 

36.       Lima, Joanne                           Phillips 66      

37.       Lospinoso, Alex                      Linden Economic Development Corporation

38.       Lulla, Richard                         Mott MacDonald       

39.       Miller, Janet                            Cox Printers   

40.       Mitchell, Desmond                 Target International Shipping

41.       Mitchell, Shirley                      Target International Shipping

42.       Ormon, Lisa Ann                    1st Ward Councilwoman       

43.       Pace, Michael                          Blue Apron    

44.       Perez, Edna                             Access Self Storage   

45.       Pierce, David R.                      Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. 

46.       Prevete, Jerry                          Pennoni          

47.       Ruiz, John                               Safari Solutions          

48.       Rzemieniewski, Johanna         Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. 

49.       Sanchez, Ruth                         Ink Thread     

50.       Schmidt, John S.                     Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. 

51.       Schneekloth, John                   Mott MacDonald       

52.       Scutari, Nicholas P.                 Senator of the State of New Jersey   

53.       Sopko, Kathleen J.                  Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. 

54.       Stadlin, Jared                          Linden Warehouse & Distribution Co., Inc.  

55.       Sullivan, Bernadette               Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. 

56.       Tattoli, Rebecca Kerins           Office of the Mayor   

57.       Teixeira, Tony                         Aide to Senator Scutari         

58.       Thomas, Johnny                      PSEG Linden Generating Station     

59.       Tsirkas, Angie                         Northfield Bank         

60.       Vircik, George                        Linden City Engineer

61.       Weekley, Zeida                       Northfield Bank         

62.       Williams, Eileen M.                 Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. 

63.       Young, David                         A&M Industrial         




            President’s Report.  President Lois I. Bass welcomed the membership and honored guests to the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Linden Industrial Association.  Upon Motion made and seconded, the minutes for the meeting of the Linden Industrial Association on March 20, 2018 were approved. 






            President Lois I. Bass introduced the Honorable Senator Nicholas P. Scutari.  Senator Scutari was pleased to report that the New Jersey Legislature is about to approve an award to do a further study on the Tremley Point Road so that there will be direct access off the New Jersey Turnpike into Tremley Point.  This will greatly advantage the ability to develop to its fullest extent this longstanding industrial site within the City of Linden.  It will increase the tax base and create greater job opportunities for the residents of the City of Linden.


            President Lois I. Bass introduced the Honorable Derek Armstead, Mayor of City of Linden.  The Mayor thanked the membership of the LIA for the opportunity to speak at its annual meeting.  Linden has a wonderful marriage between business and community, and like a good marriage, it is important for both parties to listen to each other’s point of view with respect.  Mayor Armstead said that his grandparents moved into the City of Linden in 1927 and his family has lived there ever since.  As a longstanding resident, he wanted to take the opportunity to thank the other selfless members in the audience who devoted their time to making the City of Linden the great place it is to live and work. 


            Mayor Armstead brought to the attention of the members and guests the extensive amount of redevelopment going on in the City in various locations including St. Georges Avenue where on May 9th there will be a groundbreaking for a 114 unit condominium structure with retail space available on the first floor.  In the Wood Avenue Transit Village District there will be, again, another condominium unit structure going in with 176 units with retail on the first floor.  There is a proposal at the old United Lacquer site for a 360 unit development.  At the old GM site, Walmart should have a shovel in the ground within the next one to two months.  Further, with inside the City there were 350 acres sold to a developer that is putting in 2 million square feet of warehousing space.  The Mayor, however, did express his frustration with the constant studies that are done for the Tremley Point extension road off the Turnpike, and wishes the money would be spent on construction instead of further studies. 


Committee Reports


            Membership.  Co-Chairwoman and 1st Vice President June Lazaro reported that unfortunately Full Circle Supply, Veolia and Allstate Power Vac failed to renew their membership in the LIA, but we have several new Members including KAD Associates (Anthony Battaglia and Kevin Wiley) and Fiabila USA (Oksana Combs and Stephane Vincenti).   Also Paul Rotondi who was with former LIA Member Galli Engineering, is now with new Member HAKS Engineers, Architects and Surveyors, PC.  Also Timothy FitzPatrick who was with former Member Advanced GeoServices, is now with new Member Argent Associates.  Tim is co-chairing the Environmental, Health & Safety Committee with Joe Barbanel and Rich Lulla.


            In addition to dues, the Membership continues to support the Association by sponsoring the monthly membership meetings.  Sponsors this year included Infineum USA LP, Total Specialties, Inc., Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, Linden VFT LLC, Cogen Technologies Linden Venture LP, A&M Industrial, JREZ, LLC and Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.


            The success of the monthly breakfast meetings is due to the generous gift of time and expertise of our excellent speakers, who this year included:


Mayor Derek Armstead,
A panel of City Officials including the Stacy Carron the Tax Collector, Gregory J. Grasso, Supervisor of Social Studies and Business for the Linden Public Schools, and President Alex Lospinoso and Vice Chairman Felipe Cabezas of the Linden Economic Development Corporation,
James R. Coyle, President of the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce,
Members Angel Cartagena of Batteries Plus Bulbs and Paul Abramson of SolarKal,
Paula Cincotta of Cintas First Aid and Safety,
Elizabeth Engert Manzo, Esq., of Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.


            Our guest speaker in May will be Mike Corbett of OSHA, and in June, Nancy Sadlon of Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery.


            It was also noted that Mr. Dave Brown replaced Mr. Gary Fare upon his retirement from the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority and Rose Busicullo and Matt Kurzius resigned their positions on the LIA Board of Trustees.  We thank them for their commitment and many years of service to the LIA.


            Treasurer’s Report.  Secretary James K. Estabrook, Esq. provided the Treasurer’s Report as of December 31, 2017, reflecting that the organization remained solvent with a reserve of $39,000.


            Nominations.  Chairwoman Kathleen Burke gave the Nominating Report for both Officers and the Board of Trustees for 2017/2018.  Upon motion duly made and seconded, the following slate presented by the Nominations Committee was unanimously approved:




President                  June A. Lazaro                   (Primerica)                          

1st Vice President    Bernie Kordelski                 (Total Specialties USA, Inc.)

2nd Vice President   Kathleen Burke                   (A&M Industrial Supply Co.)

Secretary                 James K. Estabrook, Esq.   (Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper)

Treasurer                Cynthia D’Ambola              (Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper)




1.    June Lazaro                      (Ex Officio)

2.    Bernie Kordelski              (Ex Officio)

3.    Kathleen Burke                (Ex Officio)

4.    Joseph Barbanel               (JREZ, LLC)

5.    Lois I. Bass                      (Infineum USA L.P.)

6.    Wayne Cromwell             (General Magnaplate)

7.    Rich Lulla                                    (Mott MacDonald)

8.    Janet Miller                      (Cox Printers & Digital Media)

9.    Natalie Sesto                    (Cogen Technologies Linden Venture L.P.)


            On behalf of the Officers, Board of Trustees and Membership, Secretary James K. Estabrook, Esq., was pleased to present an honorary clock to Lois I. Bass upon the completion of her term as President, in acknowledgement of her dedication and service to the Linden Industrial Association.  As noted above, Lois will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees.


            City Resolution honoring Eileen M. Williams.  In honor of her 39 years of unselfish service to the Linden Industrial Association as Treasurer and to the City of Linden at large, the Honorable Mayor Derek Armstead was pleased to present to Eileen M. Williams a Resolution of the City of Linden honoring her on her retirement from the position.  Further, the Officers, Board of Directors and Membership were pleased to present Ms. Williams with an honorary clock for her service.


            LIA Business and Community Awards.  Lois I. Bass was pleased to present the 2018 LIA Business and Community Contribution Award to Michael Kirk of Infineum USA L.P.  Mike, fondly referred to as “Captain Kirk”, received the award in recognition of how he has impacted the lives of many in the community, including working with Habitat for Humanity for the past 20 years, YWCA of Union County Shelters, where he has spearheaded projects benefitting displaced women and their children during a scary time of their lives, and helping his colleagues hit hard during the natural disasters we have endured during the last decade.  Another passion of Mike’s is supporting our Veterans.  He single handedly organizes golf outings to raise funds that have benefitted Wounded Warriors and more recently the Gary Sinise Foundation, which assists veterans, police, and fire personnel.


            When a walk or run comes up, Mike is either out there participating to help raise funds for the causes, or he is working behind the scenes making sure all the runners and walkers have a wonderful experience and remain safe.  Mike is always the first to volunteer for a good cause and still is able to maintain his level of expertise in Infineum’s Supply Chain and balance out his personal life with his lovely wife and children. 


            There being no further matters to come before the meeting, it was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.   The next meeting, sponsored by Linden VFT, LLC, will be held Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 8:00 a.m. at The Hampton Inn @ Aviation Plaza.


                                                                        Respectfully submitted,




                                                                        James K. Estabrook, Esq., Secretary